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  1. Yes, I remember the end doors on the coach, the body of which survived longest as a grounded body on my first layout. The main suprise is that it was British made, I'd alway just assumed it was Chinese. I've got a Playcraft 21/29 (electrically powered) in the stash upstairs after a vague game of trying to collect all the diesel classes.
  2. Sorry I haven't, it was molded in bright blue and yellow plastic and was about 6" long. The mechanism was quite similar to the Hornby one but had a white plastic brake lever. The coach was again about 6" long, 4 wheeled and made of very thin plastic. The side profile was similar to a mk1 but it had windows in roughly the right shape for a mk3 and the grooves on the (seperate, white plastic) roof.
  3. Mine was a clockwork HST with a short coach and a circle of plastic track, it was really rather rubbish and I don't actually remember it arriving or ever playing with it before my little brother got a clockwork Thomas set. The Thomas set was quite good and was soon stuck down onto a sheet of hardboard with a few extra bits of track to give an oval with a siding. The HST ran on the oval too although alone now as its coach had fallen apart. I found another clockwork Thomas at a jumble sale for 10p ,sanded the face off, painted it black and lettered it NCB and was soon addicted to m
  4. They look ace, you don't happen to know if those cheap PS models chassis' are 2wd or 4wd do you? edit, a photo in the galley shows one from underneath and its 2wd
  5. Speaking of HSTs and Prometheus there was a working on the ECML around 1998 with 43-mk3-mk1 lab-Prometheus-mk3-43 which came thundering through Durham Station just as I was packing my camera away ready to leave. ISTR it had a mixture of Virgin, GNER and Intercity swallow liveries on the HST stock.
  6. https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/teesside-could-become-global-leader-19018326?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB Shows an artists impression of whatever they are calling an ex 321 EDIT no, its a 319, thanks Melmerby
  7. I can see it as a potentially useful way to decarbonise a quiet line that has no chance of being electrified but as the fueling will be complicated and expensive to set up it would need to be somewhere with several of these lines heading out like Inverness. I'm somewhat sceptical about the benefits of hydrogen though as it's always the magic bullet that's 5 years away and has been for the last 40 years. It's also got a lot of the oil industry backing it which the sceptic in me sees as a way of preventing investment in electrical power.
  8. It did remind me of the complaints about the press refering to carriages in the thread about the recent oil train derailment in South Wales.
  9. I wondered about that but most of the services I've seen around Ludlow with 153's have been 2 or 3 153's rather than a mixture of units. I've not seen one lately though, we seem to be back to mostly 175s with the occasional 150 or 158. It's a shame that the post privatisation stock couldn't multi with Sprinters (or anything else).
  10. Anyone after a rusty Dodge crewbus? https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1116669485191534/
  11. I don't think the 80s clockwork Thomas has anything to do with the other 0-4-0's apart from the really nasty US style one that shared a mechanism. The one in the link had a brief career as an electric 0-4-0 Thomas. Might be an interesting one to put on an alternative chassis as being a bit rarer it's origin will be less obvious but will need a fair bit of work.
  12. Good news https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/31/chris-packham-loses-appeal-against-hs2-rail-project I wonder how a Pro HS2 counter protest would go down? I very rarely agree with the government but just for once I could go out with a placard supporting them. I imagine taking my chainsaw too wouldn't go down well
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